In a blink of an eye, two years has passed since I upgraded my primary system and it seems to be true that we’ve arrived at the end of Moore’s Law as I’ve not felt an urge to upgrade the system. I’ve not noticed slow down in performance of what I do on a day-to-day basis on the system which is primarily coding with VIM and browsing with Chrome. I don’t use this system for gaming and Linux is my primary OS which might contribute to everything still being relevant. It’s possible that my next upgrade will be driven by an upgrade to my monitors from dual HD to dual 4k.
This system is very Linux friendly and has an added bonus of having dual gigabit Ethernet which is one reason that I got it over the Asus Vivo Mini that I’ve also mentioned before. This system also has dual displayport outputs and an HDMI if you’re inclined to power 3 external monitors. It runs cool and quiet and I’ve not had any problems with it in the two years that I’ve been using it. This particular Shuttle bare bones system is no longer available but there is a newer version which seems identical except with a newer Intel chipset that has improved graphics, allows for more memory and supports newer Intel processors.
- Shuttle PC DS87
- Intel Core i7-4790S Processor (8M Cache, 3.2 GHz)
- Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM)
- 2 of Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM 204-Pin 1.35V/1.5V Notebook Memory CT2KIT102464BF160B